|Siu Ching asking if Chor tai-gor liked her (Ep 11)|
|CLH's disappointment when he learned SC was gone (Ep 11)|
Then on the 3rd day (their last day together before she has to go home), he said time seems to fly by too fast that day, and he offered to leave with her (to prolong their time together).
And of course the scene between him and Wu Tit Fa where he admits (sadly) that he knows he has no future with SC (found out she's a princess). Again, the fact that he thought of their future together is the telltale sign of his love for her.
" At the scene where the 2 couples crossed path (CLH/Janjan and SC/Tin Ho), CLH automatically tried to explain to SC that she got him wrong, that it was not what it looks like between him and Janjan and he then looked at Tin Ho like what are you still doing here??? Too bad they didn't continue to show their date. If they weren't dating, why would he need to explain? And of course with CLH's personality, the fact that he explains say a lot.
Then on the 3rd day (their last day together before she has to go home), he said time seems to fly by too fast that day, and he offered to leave with her (to prolong their time together)."
TRUE, TRUE! Those are the signs that CLH was at least genuinely interested in her!
But are those the signs that he LOVES her?
I mean, to me, he started to realise SC meant a lot to him when she left him at Dr Cheong's clinic (Ep 11). But he started to realise he loved her when he couldn't get her... as in, when he realised she was a princess.
Does this make sense? Or, what do you think?
Although people dupe CLH as being a flirt/ladies' man, I believe that's more because of how nice he is toward women so they all ended up falling in love with him, and not because he's the type who hook up with all women. Woo once said despite all the women, CLH was never serious about anyone of them, until SC of course, and even Woo can tell that SC is different, that's why he encouraged Jan Jan to actively pursue CLH.
CLH himself I believe is a very faithful person. He takes relationship/marriage seriously and it's more of a one in a lifetime kind of love to him. If he's not serious about relationship, he could just have fun with SC until the time she has to get back to the capital. Yet once he knows about her status, he begins to control his feelings for her by avoiding her, to prevent him if not both of them from getting hurt as there's no happy ending to the relationship. Fell Cut also commented that CLH is loyal to love. Although he knows Jan Jan likes him and he is too nice to tell her that he doesn't feel that way, he doesn't encourage Jan Jan either. Instead, often time he would express to Jan Jan how he worries and how much he misses SC. He even told Jan Jan that she will eventually find her soul mate.
Back in the day, I believe people use xihuan (like) and ai (love) interchangeably. Also, [people of] opposite sex don't tend to hold hands or show affections unless they're in a serious relationship, and even then, it was mostly done in private. In public, any inappropriate touching could ruin a girl's reputation/life.
CLH is always proper and courteous toward women and always treat them with respect. Yet with SC since day 1, he doesn't act very proper at all. He's very familiar/relax with her, always playful and flirt outrageously with her, and always seem to be touching her. It's like he knows her all his life instead of just met. The first time SC got kidnapped by Koo Tai Pang, SC was in her white sleep clothes and neither of them make a fuss about it. Yet when CLH found Jan Jan in a disheveled condition in his room, he seems uncomfortable and embarrass. He always takes SC's side, which of course make the 3 ladies mad and often comment that he always favors SC.
|Chor tai-gor trying to explain to SC that he didn't date Jan Jan (Ep 15)|
|Awww.... (Ep 31)|
Also, I just feel I need to add two CLH/SC screen shots that showed how CLH did care about SC's wellbeing (or jealousy). The first one is when Jan Jan gave CLH a memento (Ep 21), while the second one was when the bats (the animals) attacked the Peace Mansion, and, worried that SC was bitten by the bats, Chor tai-gor immediately turned to see if she was okay.
|Here Chor tai-gor looked worried about SC's reaction (Ep 21)|
|This is a "blink-and-you-miss-it" moment, but he did care for her... (Ep 25)|
I think those moments were so cute...